Mr. Fratini’s 7th and 8th grade Science  Hermon Middle School 2018-2019

 
 

Teacher Leadership:  A Model for STEM Education


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Links to STEM Pre-and Post Tests for 7th and 8th grade students


Invasive species Link


Maine Invasive species Link




Monday, September 24, 2018 - Friday, September 28, 2018


8th grade

All whirligig projects are due by Thursday this week.
1. I will complete a letter of recommendations to the cereal company promoting my new whirligig design.  The letter will include data collected, why the new design should be chosen, a recommendation on the price they would like to charge.
2.  I will compare data collected in class to support my position.
3.  I will construct a written numbered procedure to build a new design. 
4. I will create a design that can be replicated on the back of a cereal box. (This needs to be a template)

NGSS Standards
MS-ETS1-3. Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.

MS-ETS1.4. Develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved.
MS-  ETS1-1.
Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.
MS-ETS1-2. Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.


7th Grade:  

(LT)  I can participate in a field study to count the number of species in a quadrant.  Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday this week.
(LT) I can identify Biotic, Abiotic items in an ecosystem.
(LT) I can determine where on school grounds should you do a transect?
(LT) I can predict what kinds of organisms do you expect to find?

Students explore patterns and relationships in their local environment by planning and carrying out an investigation using the transect method learned in the previous activity. Students must decide how to organize their data to allow them to look for patterns among biotic and abiotic components in the ecosystem. Students are encouraged to ask scientific questions about their local ecosystem and determine how they would test these questions.
Activity 5
Students plan and conduct an investigation to explore a species’ habitat requirements by looking at how individuals respond to and interact with different physical components in the environment. Students construct an argument from evidence for the habitat requirements of the species and where it is likely to be in nature. They explore the behaviors and structures of individuals that help those organisms survive in their environment.




Monday, September 17, 2018 - Friday, September 21, 2018

Grade 7:  First quiz on Thursday this week covering invasive species, biotic and abiotic factors, and the Miracle Fish activity.

(LT) I can answer the analysis questions about the data collected outside during the last class.
(LT)  I can build a habitat and know the habitat requirements for a black worm.
(LT) I will discussion on the best way to measure blackworm response to the various stimuli and physical environments.
(LT) I will design and conduct an experiment to investigate which types of material(s) provide good blackworm habitat.

KEY VOCABULARY

biodiversity, habitat, invasive, population, range, resource

Disciplinary Core Ideas :
MS-LS2.A Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems:
Organisms, and populations of organisms, are dependent on their environmental interactions both with other living things and with nonliving factors.

Grade 8  - Quiz on Thursday this week over all labs up to this point.

(LT) Lab - Construct a Whirligig Experiment . Students investigate how blade length and mass affect falling time of whirligig. Students design their own experiments and procedures.

(LT)  I can complete the engineering pre design sheet before building my own whirligig.

(LT)  Define three variables in an experiment
(LT)  Write a procedure for an experimen
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Monday, September 10, 2018 - Friday, September 14, 2018

Wednesday is Open house,  Hope to see you there.

Grade 7:
Monday (LT) I can Identify the role of an ecologist.


(LT)  I will answer comprehension questions about the invasive species of Lake Victoria.


Homework:  Be prepaired to go outside for a field study on invasive species.


Thursday:  Field study  students may use cell phones for pictures or bring in cameras.


Wednesday: (LT) I can Identify the effect of an introduced species have on an environment. What, if anything, can or should be done to control introduced species?


Chapter 2 in SEPUP.

Thursday:  Finish chapter 2  ( be prepared to go outside on Thursday).

Friday: GUIDING QUESTION What patterns do you detect in the two environments, and how might the information in these patterns be useful to scientists?46

8th grade:

(LT) Finish the book support challenge experiment.
(LT)  Define three variables in an experiment
(LT) - Define the data collection terms quantitative and qualitative.
(LT) - Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.*
(LT)  Write a procedure for an experiment


Core Essential Standard:  Students collect and interpret data, and report findings.  Students write arguments that support a claim using reasoning and evidence.

Students will write a procedure and complete the Pasta bridges lab to collect data to graph.


What do I need for science class?

  1. 1.  A binder to keep all of your hand outs and daily work in.

  2. 2.  Pens and pencils.  Later you will need colored pencils for graphing data.

  3. 3. When we do 3D printing it helps if you have your own thumb drive.  Also to back up documents that are not done in google drive.

  4. 4. We will be going outside for lab time.  The dates will be given in advance, please dress appropriately. 

  5. 5.  If you have your own safety goggles, you may use them during lab times involving liquids and powders.

  6. 6. Headphones or ear buds if you don’t want to use the ones provided.


Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - Friday, September 7, 2018

Grade 7

Tuesday:  For 8th grade also

(LT) I will know the Expectations and Lab Safety of the classroom.
(LT)  I will help develop a protocol for science classes.
(LT)  I will explore the classroom to know where items are and create a list of four questions about the class.

Wednesday:   Get to know me day...

(LT) I will complete an interest inventory/ Ice Breaker game.  Get to know me day.

Thursday: Links to STEM Pre-and Post Tests for 7th and 8th grade students

(LT)  I can complete a pre-test over Ecology by completing the online survey from the RISE center.

Friday:  Introduction to SEPUP - (LT) I can define the term Ecologist and create an argument from evidence.

Grade 8 - Student Pages - (7-14)

(LT) Discuss science expectations and new PBIS / Lab Safety/ Classroom exploration for students.

Wednesday:

( LT)  I will set up my science binder.

(LT) Define Criteria and Constraints.

Thursday and Friday:

Lab activity this week includes:


Groups redesign and build a new book support using the list of criteria and constraints they updated after hearing each other’s initial designs. During the process of redesigning and building their book support based on what they now know, students learn about the importance of iteration and keeping good records.

(LT)  Experimental design using the cards to perform a student selected problem.

(LT)  Know the terms used in this unit.

Standards being taught in the Unit include:

  1. 1.MS-ETS1-1.Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.*

  2. 2.MS-ETS1-2. Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.

  3. 3.MS-ETS1-3. Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.

  4. 4.MS-ETS1-4. Develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved.

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